Arsenal seems to be Arsenal’s problem by Akinnubi
It was an improved performance against Chelsea compared to Manchester City, albeit the difference in quality between City and Chelsea,nonetheless it was an improved performance.
This defeat has one big difference from the City game though; it wasn’t due to superior quality of the opposition, but it was due to Arsenal’s own failings!
Let’s look at the deciding moments of the game…
The first goal came as Jorginho caught Bellerin out of position to release Alonso who squared for Pedro to finish off.
The second goal? A long ball from Azpilicueta to Morata leaves him one-on-one with Mustafi, cutting the ball to his left and sending Cech the other way (like a penalty). Aa goal which prompted the ‘Are you Wenger in disguise?’ chants from the home fans.
Those goals were obviously defensive failings, but seconds before the second goal, Guendouzi released Bellerin down the right, Bellerin then squared for Aubameyang who was around 10 yards from the post yet skied his effort. (Emery applauded, Guendouzi was visibly disappointed)
After the second goal, another sitter was created for Mhkitaryan by Iwobi, with the former missing the target again from close range.
Mhkitaryan scored and assisted Iwobi’s equalising goal after those misses ,and then the attack started missing again with Aubameyang and Iwobi responsible.
Our second half sub, Lacazette, gave the ball away in his own half to gift Chelsea the win in the 81st minute though, but this match was filled with defensive and offensive failings and I can’t just pinpoint where the game was lost.
So which of the two do you think was responsible for the defeat? The dreadful defending? Or the missed Chances?